Lightroom for desktop: Edit Date & Time requires mouse to pick month

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In the Edit Date & Time dialog the month field is not included in the tab order when editing values via the keyboard. So changing the month seems to require use of the mouse, contrary to the other fields. This inconsistency slows down edits and if indeed impossible via the keyboard, may violate some accessibility guidelines.

It could be related to the fact that I'm using in in a Dutch locale, which shows the fields in the order day of month, month, year etc. rather than starting with the month field.
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M J

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KK_

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+1 for this. It would be so nice to edit day, month, year, and time all with consecutive keyboard inputs (i.e., it would also be great if the cursor would automatically move to the next field when you have entered one (instead of having to hit the tab-key).
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Agreed. I'm using Australian english locale on macOS also in the order of day, month, year and see the same behaviour (although I'm guessing it's global and is locale independent?).

Actually I'd like to see a few improvements in the UX of this functionality:

  • As above, the addition of the month to the tab order
  • Addition of AM/PM to the tab order
  • Suggest that the time is moved to the left, and include the ability to go 'down' from 1 and 'up' from 12 which would change the AM/PM toggle and date at the same time. This would be particularly useful when making time zone adjustments when photos were recorded with incorrect time zones (or for that matter MP4 videos imported with UTC times per the spec but missing a time zone so they end up needing updating)
  • Related to the last point - but a text box you could enter an amount of hours to offset all photos by would be good - so you could just type in say -10 to drop 10 hours from each capture time, or +5 to add 5
I haven't used Lightroom Classic in a very long time, but if memory serves I think there was similar functionality to the above present.
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Related to the last point - but a text box you could enter an amount of hours to offset all photos by would be good - so you could just type in say -10 to drop 10 hours from each capture time, or +5 to add 5

This is a good idea and was so well implemented in iPhoto (when it still existed). In Lightroom CC, right now it is very cumbersome subtracting X hours if it involves passing midnight (and worse, if it comes with a change of month). 

In addition to this, when selecting multiple photos and changing the date, the reference is always the LAST photo, which I think is really counterintuitive. The need for a reference photo would vanish if you could adjust the hours/minutes/seconds by which to offset all photos, but in case a reference photo is needed, I'd prefer it to be the first instead of the last (more intuitive in my opinion).
Cheers!